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Rask shakes off missed opportunity in Game 4 loss

by John McGourty /
PHILADELPHIA -- Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask made 29 saves in the Game 4, 5-4 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday night at the Wachovia Center. As usual, you couldn't tell if the unflappable rookie had just won or lost when he addressed the media after the game.

Simon Gagne redirected Matt Carle's pass past Rask at 14:40 of overtime. Now, the teams return to Boston for Game 5 on Monday at TD Garden (7 p.m., Versus, TSN2, NESN, CSN-PH).

Q: What happened there on the final goal?

Rask: I guess we didn’t get the puck in. They turned it over and it turned into a two-on-one and they scored, that’s it.

Q: Were you extra jumpy at all in this game? You seemed to be coming out of your net a little during the game.

Rask: To play the puck, you mean?
Q: There were a couple of times, like when (Zdeno Chara) had to come in and make that save for you when you were coming out.

Rask: Yes, I just tried to challenge them. (The Flyers forward) was kind of getting me sliding over there. I just tried to challenge them as much as I could and try to move on the short angle, and fortunately there was (Chara) to help me out.

Q: On the winning goal, were you expecting him to collect the pass and shoot, and were you surprised by the tip?

Rask: I was expecting that kind of pass. It's tough to recover with your pad. I just tried to get my glove there. I got it, but it went under it. It happens.

Q: Flyers goalie Brian Boucher said all the pressure is on you and your team now. Do you agree?

(Smiles) Maybe they want to take the pressure off themselves. I really like to play at home. It's never easy. We'll see what happens. We don't feel any extra pressure.

Q: Your teammate, Mark Stuart, was tough on himself after making two mistakes that led to goals. What will you say to him?

Rask: I can't analyze one player. He didn't make many mistakes. It was a tough break there when the puck hit his stick and went in for one goal. Everybody recognizes when someone plays and they're not at their best. He played good, I thought. We can't think about it too much; just shake it off and get ready for the next game.

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